Earlier this month, news broke that legendary composer Per Norgard had become the second recipient of the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, an award presented every two years by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Named for Marie-Josée Kravis (formerly Marie-Josée Drouin), a longtime supporter of the arts in New York City and especially the Philharmonic, the prize consists of $200,000 and the opportunity to compose a new work for the orchestra.
The New York Times describes Norgard, an 81-year-old Danish composer, as being “known for kaleidoscopic works with shimmering, seamlessly evolving textures,” acknowledging his enormous talent but also noting that his win comes as a bit of a surprise. For one thing, the New York Philharmonic has never played any of his music, and reportedly, even Norgard was a little perplexed at the selection, albeit grateful. “I am naturally very pleased about it,” Norgard told The Times, “but it’s quite mysterious how they chose me. Nobody came to visit, or to speak to me about it.”
Despite the mysterious nature of the Prize for New Music’s award recipient, Norgard is certainly deserving of the honor. Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic’s music director, has included a work by Norgard in the orchestra’s new music series in 2015, and the announcement of a new Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music recipient always marks an exciting time at the musical institution.
This summer, you can expect to find many classical works being performed at the Philharmonic, such as concerts featuring Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. In addition, Summertime Classics: Star-Spangled Celebration is a fantastic way to commemorate the Fourth of July, as the Philharmonic joins forces with the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps in what is described as a “spectacular display of musical fireworks.”
Learn more about Per Norgard’s Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music win and other upcoming musical events by visiting nyphil.org.